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Claude Manuel Smith, known to most as “Bay,” was born in Nottoway County on September 3, 1943, to the late James Elwood and Emily Lee Smith. He received his education in the Nottoway County Public Schools. Bay accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at the High Rock Baptist Church, Rice, and remained a member until his health begin to fail.
Bay was employed at the Burkeville Veneer for several years. Later he was employed with L & M Trucking and Nottoway County Public Schools as a custodian and bus driver where he retired from both.
When his health began to fail, Bay was cared for by his family and friends in his home, several nursing homes, his daughter, Tina’s home, and his final nursing home was in the tender care of Wellsprings at Amelia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Amelia, VA.
He leaves to cherish his memory: three daughters, Tina Booker, Rice; Dana Allen (Wayne), Swanee, GA; Michelle Marshall (Aubrey), Chase City, VA; one brother, James Percell Smith, Decatur, IL; three sisters, Jean Hobbs (Colonel), Blackstone; Madilene Jackson (Russell), Crewe; Carolene Davis, Blackstone; Marion Heiskill, Farmville; seven Grandchildren, Jesseca White, Richmond; Devin Allen, Swanee, GA; Jarmal Joyner, Jr., Rice; Richelle Booker, Rice; Shamar, Aubrey Jr. & Tamara Marshall, Chase City, VA; one Great Granddaughter, SaRai Marshall, Chase City; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends; a dedicated and loving niece to the very end, Kristin Heiskill, Farmville, VA; a loyal & devoted friend, John Ed Pettis, Crewe, VA.
Graveside Services Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 1:00 PM at High Rock Baptist Church, Rice.
W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home of Blackstone in charge of arrangements.
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